Meet our 2009-2010 Presidential and Boeing Scholars

             2009-2010 Presidential Scholars

Tim Campbell

Research Faculty Mentor: Professor Shwetak Patel

Tim is currently a Junior  majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He conducts much of his research through the Paul Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering. Working out of the Human-Computer Interfaces lab, Tim began research on a project called HydroSense, which uses a single sensor to detect water use in the home. Upcoming work will help further the HydroSense project and develop power harvesting methods for low-power wireless sensors. Tim attends Mars Hill Church and enjoys cycling, climbing, and slackening. Tim is interested in the cross between electrical and mechanical engineering. In the future he hopes to attend graduate school for Electrical Engineering and research sustainable transportation technology and practices. 

Ashley Danies


Research Faculty Mentor: Professor Sara Jane Webb


Ashley Danies is a senior psychology and photography major, currently conducting research at the University of Washington’s Autism Center. She first became interested in psychology and psychological disorders after having witnessed the behavioral and personality changing effects of such disorders within her own family. In addition to these challenging circumstances Ashley also noticed a general misunderstanding and dearth of resources for psychological disorders within society which only compounded difficulties for her family. Driven by her desire to understand the underlying biological causes of neurological disorders as well as to instill an understanding of these causes within her community, Ashley began studying abnormal psychology and neurobiology. Within her artwork, Ashley also explores psychological themes, and uses her photographic sculptures to communicate and explore the ways in which neurological activity changes how an individual views and interacts with their environment.      

Beginning in Winter Quarter 2009, Ashley began doing research with infants at risk for developing Autism Spectrum Disorder. She focused on studying the electrical brain wave differences between these children and typical infants with regard to facial recognition. As a 2009-2010 Presidential Scholar Ashley will continue to expand upon her research. She hopes to further uncover the neurological causes of behavior in psychopathology as well as to catalyze a response in society to better respond to the challenges such disorders present families and afflicted individuals.

Safia Farole

Research Faculty Mentor: Professor Sapna Cheryan


Safia Farole is a senior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Political Science. Born in the war-torn horn of Africa nation Somalia, Safia and her family relocated to the United States in 1993 before the civil war in Somalia escalated. Safia's undergraduate academic pathway exhibits her love for the social sciences, one reason she is seeking to gain entrance into a social psychology or political science doctoral program. Currently, she is a Research Assistant in Dr. Cheryl Kaiser's Social Identity lab. Also, she is conducting an independent research project with Dr. Sapna Cheryan about the social justice implications of the Asian model minority stereotype. As a recipient of the 2009-2010 Presidential Scholarship, Safia will conduct her project under the mentorship of Dr. Cheryan for this academic year.

Outside of her research and academic studies, Safia is an active citizen in the UW community. Having served as the Public Communications officer for the student group Muslim Students of Social Work (MSSW) for the past year, Safia has been involved in a campus wide dialogue that looks at the social injustices faced by Muslim Americans and Muslims abroad. As a first generation college student, Safia hopes to inspire other students from a similar background to obtain their academic goals. It is with this unrelenting ambition coupled with a drive to effect change in the world that Safia will be pursuing her PhD.      

Margarita Schupp

Research Faculty Mentor: Professor Maria Elena Garcia


Margarita Schupp is a current senior at the University of Washington majoring in Latin American Studies and minoring in Women Studies. As a student-activist she struggles towards achieving collective liberation and strives to understand the intersectionality of socialized oppressions. She enjoys engaging others in confronting “the mainstream” and questioning the privilege and marginalization that is institutionalized by sociocultural norms. Her research seeks to explore these avenues of criticism within labor activism. She wants to learn more about how other womyn activists within the labor movement have created spaces to empower themselves and combat Euro-American patriarchy.


2009-2010 Boeing Scholars

Thomas Gomez

Research Faculty Mentor: Professor Bruce Balick


Thomas is a Senior double majoring in Astronomy and Physics and is considering a minor in Mathematics. Thomas grew up in Yakima County and went to school at Selah High School. Thomas went to University of Washington in the fall of 2006 and immediately started taking math courses, initially uncertain of what his focus of study was. A good friend reminded him that his passion was always for Astronomy. The next day, he went to the Astronomy Department and signed up as an Astrophysics major. At the same time, Thomas also talked to Dr. Chris Laws asking if he needed any help with the Manastash Ridge Observatory in Ellensburg. He immediately started working with a Physics Graduate student, Joe Huehnerhoff, on his Masters thesis: Designing and improving the focal reducing optics of the MRO telescope and using the spectrograph at the observatory. Joe offered Thomas a job working for the Sloan Digital Sky Survey washing and measuring spectroscopic plates and measuring ferrules and fibers for those plates. That same year, Thomas was awarded the John Baer prize for excellence in academics in the Astronomy Department. Shortly Afterward, through another Professor, Thomas was able to get a job working for Dr. Bruce Balick and Dr. Julie Lutz. The goal of the project was to locate galactic halo planetary nebulae. During the summer of 2009, Thomas familiarized himself with the research tools needed and utilized the MRO telescope to conduct observations for the project. He is continuing to work for Dr. Balick and will be making trips to the American Astronomical Society to present research as well as to Kitt Peak to take data for the current research project.   Thomas planning to get a M.A in Physics while at the UW and plans to go to graduate school at University of Colorado in Boulder for his Ph.D in Astrophysics and Planetary Science. Afterwards, Thomas is hopeful to be a candidate to join the astronaut program at NASA, becoming a teacher afterward.

Alicia Martin

Research Faculty Mentor: Professor Celeste Berg



Alicia Martin is a senior majoring in Bioengineering. She is largely interested in genome sciences, and has been working in this department since April of her sophomore year. During this time, she has been studying genes required for the proper formation of tubes which give rise to essential organs, such as the heart, lungs, kidneys, gut, and neural tube. As an Integrative Research Intern supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, she has received incredible assistance in learning the language of primary literature documents, understanding research culture, and presenting her work at other universities. In order to satisfy the engineering and design requirements of her senior capstone project, she will be switching projects and investigating antibiotic toxicity. Specifically, she is interested in understanding which genes allow individuals to better cope with the nephrotoxic and ototoxic side effects of aminoglycosides, a class of antibiotics commonly used to treat cancer patients, burn victims, cystic fibrosis patients, etc.  

As the daughter of a deputy warden/ex-marine and disabled mother as well as the sister of a cystic fibrosis patient, she has learned the meaning of discipline, compassion, and perseverance. As a first-generation low-income college student, she has not had a guiding map to her future, but has nonetheless been motivated to attain her goals as a student and researcher. With this driving ambition, she hopes to pursue her PhD in biomedical sciences.


For further information related to Presidential and Boeing Scholarships please click theses links:

Presidential Scholarship Information

Boeing Scholarship Information

Presidential and Boeing Scholars : Proposal Update

Presidential and Boeing Scholar Contract

Presidential and Boeing Scholar Timelines (Approximate)


Past Scholars


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